Katy Perry at Toyota Center, 10/10/2014

Katy Perry, Becky G, Ferras Toyota Center October 10, 2014

There are moments in Katy Perry's Prismatic World tour that may make you utter "wow" out loud. They're few and far between, but every few songs something genuinely impressive happens.

That the rest of the show doesn't live up to these moments is just fine, because it's a seriously fun, familiar production. There's nothing particularly groundbreaking or innovative -- unless you count giant floating emoji or maybe-racist mummies as either of those -- and that's OK too, because when you think groundbreaking and/or innovative, Katy Perry probably doesn't come to mind.

She doesn't have to be. Perry is the antidote to the times when pop music gets a bit too full of itself, a reminder that sometimes people would rather have a good time than appreciate high art. She's the blockbuster of the modern pop landscape.

Which makes it all the weirder that the show, massive and fun as it was, didn't feel particularly special.

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